When it comes to complaining, we are truly first-rate. (Just ask us about how hot it’s been this summer.) But sometimes we fear we don’t have the right outlets for expressing our woes.
Fortunately, we can now productively grumble about that tire-popping pothole, eyesore graffiti and obscured stop sign, thanks to SeeClickFix.
SeeClickFix is a free website and mobile app that allows regular citizens across the country to report nonemergency neighborhood issues, which are in turn communicated to the appropriate local authorities.
To get started, enter your city and state to see a list of open issues. (A search in Philadelphia yields some downed electrical wires, a broken streetlight and a blocked bike lane, among other problems.) If you don’t see the issue you want to report, submit it by entering the street address, a brief description and any photos that might be useful.
The site then routes the complaint to the proper agency (police precinct, bike coalition, health department, etc.) and updates the thread when the agency responds to the query.
SeeClickFix maintains that more than 60 percent of reported issues get resolved, which, while not perfect, is a much better success rate than we’d have on our own.